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Aug 16, 2014

West faces tough choices if Russia, Ukraine fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If Russia and Ukraine slide into outright war, the United States and allies will face tough choices on how to support a friendly state they have no intention of making a full NATO member.

In what appeared to be a dramatic escalation on Friday, Ukraine said it had destroyed much of a column of armored vehicles that had entered its territory from Russia.

Aug 14, 2014

From jihad to pop culture, Islamists present new face on Web

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The jihadist calling himself Abdullah caused a brief stir on the Internet this week – but not, to his disappointment, because of his backing for Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Instead, his comments posted on Twitter over the death of U.S. actor Robin Williams went viral, prompting a blizzard of facetious questions about his film tastes.

Aug 6, 2014

From Syria to Ukraine, social media opens up warfare

6 (Reuters) – In 2013, Eliot Higgins used
videos posted online from Syria to track weapons and pinpoint a
chemical strike in Damascus from a computer in the English

This year, the British blogger and activist is using the
same techniques to investigate the missiles in Ukraine believed
to have brought down Flight MH17.

Aug 5, 2014

U.S. military team in Ukraine to help airliner crash probe

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – A small U.S. military team has
arrived in Kiev to help investigate the downing of Malaysian
Airlines Flight MH17, the United States said on Tuesday, with
more direct training support for Ukraine also possible.

The team of about 10 people – which includes special
operations, logistics, communications and air planning personnel
- will operate from the capital of Kiev and will not visit the
crash site in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine.

Jul 18, 2014

Malaysian airliner downing puts spotlight on Buk missile system

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – As Russia and Ukraine trade
blame over the apparent shooting down of a Malaysian airliner,
they appear to agree on one thing: the type of Soviet-era
missile that brought it down.

But if an SA-11 Buk missile, known as “Gadfly” in NATO,
struck the aircraft and killed all 298 on board, that won’t
solve the mystery of who did it: Russia, Ukraine and
Russian-speaking rebels have all claimed the missile in their

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. military to face growing crises, falling budgets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – First it was worries over the South China Sea, Afghanistan, Libya, Mali and Syria. Then it was Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the hunt for Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Now the United States and its allies find themselves preparing once again for potential military action in Iraq.

For U.S. defense planners already struggling to implement savage spending cuts, the last year has been one of the most demanding since the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Jun 18, 2014

World peace declining after long post-WWII improvement: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – World peace has deteriorated steadily over the last seven years, with wars, militant attacks and crime reversing six earlier decades of gradual improvement, a global security report said on Wednesday.

Conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and Central African Republic in particular helped drag down the annual Global Peace Index, according to research by the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

Jun 10, 2014

After Ukraine, U.S. trains more special forces in eastern Europe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As NATO refocuses on its eastern borders after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the United States is quietly deploying more troops to train special forces in former Soviet bloc states anxious about Moscow’s intentions.

Major exercises began last month in Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia involving several hundred personnel from U.S. special forces, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said in a statement to Reuters.

Jun 9, 2014

Upsurge in hacking makes customer data a corporate time bomb

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – With hackers stealing tens of
millions of customer details in recent months, firms across the
globe are ratcheting up IT security and nervously wondering
which of them is next.

The reality, cyber security experts say, is that however
much they spend, even the largest companies are unlikely to be
able to stop their systems being breached. The best defence may
simply be either to reduce the data they hold or encrypt it so
well that if stolen it will remain useless.

Jun 3, 2014

West ponders how to stop – or fight – a new Great War

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After more than a decade focused on combating Islamist militancy, Western military planners are once again contemplating potential war between major powers – and how to prevent one happening by accident.

Although the Cold War rivalry with Moscow has never been forgotten, current and former Western officials say Russia’s annexation of Crimea has NATO powers tearing up strategic assumptions and grimly considering both conventional and nuclear fights.

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      "Peter Apps is political risk correspondent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets. Previously, he was emerging markets correspondent based in London after postings in southern Africa and Sri Lanka. His neck was broken in a vehicle smash on assignment in Sri Lanka in 2006, leaving him largely paralysed from the shoulders down."
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